11 million children under five will die of pneumonia by 2030, according to a study.
More than 880,000 children – most of them less than two years old – died of pneumonia only in 2016.
Based on forecasts of current trends, more than 10.8 million children under the age of five will die of the disease in the next twelve years. The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and by the Redd Barna aid organization.
Generally, it is only the oldest population in the developed countries affected by the disease. In the least developed countries, most children are affected. Among the countries that will be affected are Nigeria and India, where 1.7 million children will die of the disease, according to the study. 700,000 children will die in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the study.
The researchers also concluded that 4.1 million children can be rescued if the vaccination program is intensified and more people have access to antibiotics.